Pakistan president sees success in militant war

Pakistan is succeeding in its fight against Islamic extremists close to the border with Afghanistan, even though the campaign is being hampered by U.S. missile strikes in the region, the country’s president said Monday.

Asif Ali Zardari told The Associated Press in an interview he expects U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to take a “new look” at Pakistan’s objections to the missile attacks on suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban targets, but that did not know if Obama would halt them.

The United States is pressing Pakistan to take more action against militants in its rugged and lawless northwest border area, which many consider the global front line in the fight against al-Qaeda.

Pakistan has pursued a military campaign in a tribal region in the northwest since August that officials say has killed 1,500 suspected insurgents.

U.S. officials say it has helped stem the flow of fighters into neighboring Afghanistan, where they are blamed for rising attacks on American troops.

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